Body found in river needs to be identified

2017-03-15 06:04

THE Sundumbili SAPS is appealing to the public to assist them with identifying the decomposed body of a black man believed to be around 40, or the family of the deceased, whose body was retrieved from the Tugela River last month.

Sundumbili SAPS spokesperson, Captain
Gideon Mthethwa said an inquest docket was opened by the police after the body was discovered floating in the Tugela River on 19 February at around 3pm.

“It was difficult to make a positive identification because his body was round about 85% decomposed.

“The first drowning zone is unknown and it is possible he might have drowned near the Kranskop area, or even further.

“We are calling on people and families who have filed missing person reports with the police recently to contact the Sundumbili SAPS to see whether the body we recovered from the Tugela River is not the missing person they reported,” Mthethwa said.

He said the deceased's body is being kept at a mortuary in KwaDukuza.

Mthethwa further issued an alert to locals about drinking and driving and supporting unlicensed liquor vendors.

“Sometimes unlicensed taverns can promote crime in the area. People must stop drinking and driving.

“Drinking and driving is a serious case,” Mthethwa said.

He said drinking Isishiyamane - a home-brewed concoction - can have serious health side effects.

According to Mthethwa, between Friday, 3 March and Monday, 6 March one person was arrested for drinking and driving and was granted R1000 bail, three people paid a fine of R500 each for operating unlicensed liquor vending businesses, and 14 individuals each paid a fine of R50 for being caught drinking Isishiyamane.

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